The concept of possessing an inherent sense of style has often felt elusive to many, myself included. The elusive “style gene” seems out of reach for some of us. However, through my personal style journey, I’ve come to realize that style is not an inherent trait; it’s a science that can be learned. If you find yourself navigating the world of fashion without a built-in compass, don’t worry, I can teach you a systematic approach to understanding and cultivating your unique style.
Fashion is not magic or only art; it’s a well-crafted science too.
The universal desire to feel confident, put-together, and stylish is something we all share. Understanding the science of style provides more than just fashion know-how; it unlocks a pathway to confidence. Looking good isn’t a frivolous pursuit; it’s a statement of self-respect and an understanding that your appearance influences how others perceive and treat you (Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman shopping at high-end store scene ring any bells?).
Sharing the Education in Style You Need
I’ve written so many posts here on Inside Out Style to help you understand the science of style, and rather than rewrite them all, I’d thought I’d bring some relevant ones here together to help you understand some of the more important concepts to help you figure out what works for you as you get your eduation in style.
The Power of Lines
Understanding how lines work—whether they’re horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or curved—gives you the power to create illusions. Curved lines can elongate, while vertical lines draw the eye up and down, creating a leaner figure. Think of it as becoming a style magician, learning the tricks to play with perception.
Here’s a simple example of how using a 3rd piece or topper (cardigan or jacket) is a super easy way to add flattering vertical lines to your outfits.
The Illusion of Scale
Ever wondered why pairing large-scale patterns with larger areas works wonders? Understanding the illusion of scale is like having a secret fashion weapon. It’s about manipulating perception to your advantage, creating a visual feast for the eyes.
Placing a large-scale item next to something large diminishes its impact. Conversely, pairing a small-scale item with something large accentuates size. Understanding this scale illusion gives you the power to control perceptions.
The Art of Distraction
Distraction is an art. Ever wondered why a statement necklace can steal the show? It’s a strategic distraction. Learning to shift focus from areas you’re less comfortable with is a key styling skill. A bold necklace will draw attention to your face. It’s about guiding the eyes where you want them.
The Harmony of Outfits
Harmony in style is akin to a symphony where every element plays a crucial role in creating a cohesive and visually pleasing composition. When colours, patterns, and textures harmonize, they work together seamlessly, elevating the overall aesthetic appeal of an outfit. This synchronization not only enhances the visual experience for others but also can provide you with a sense of confidence and balance.
The Wonder of Style Education
Style education is the key to unlocking your sense of style. It’s not something you typically learn in school, but it’s a skill that can be acquired. Style education teaches you the principles and guidelines to create a style that resonates with who you are. Imagine having the knowledge to blend colours effortlessly, to choose fabrics that complement your body. That’s the essence of a style education.
In a good education in style you’ll learn:
- What suits your unique body and all its features including your current colouring
- How to wear your best colours so they really make you shine.
- The role of your personality in your clothing style and accessory choices How your values influence all your style choices and how you can create a style that is in harmony with them so you never feel conflicted.
- How to wardrobe and shop effectively for you.
Style is not a mystical trait reserved for a select few; it’s a science waiting to be explored and understood. By delving into the principles of lines, fabrics, illusions, and coordination, you can unlock the secrets to a wardrobe that not only looks good but also makes you feel confident and empowered.
Go In-Depth and Get Personalised Feedback
If you’d like to take the next step and get my personalised feedback as well as a personal colour analysis, body and face shape analysis plus so much more, I’d love to invite you to my 7 Steps to Style online program. When you join you’ll get even more than you can get here on the blog (there’s information inside I only share with my private clients and never put on the blog), so even though you could read all 3000 posts here and get a great education and it will take your style a long way, this is the fast-pass to upgrading your style. Find out more here.